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ANOTHER BOOST FOR SCOTLAND’S WILDLIFE TOURISM

Praying for good weather and wildlife on show, the Countryfile film crew visited InIMG_1818vermark Estate in May to sample the ‘Secrets of the Glens’.  Glenesk Wildlife features this Sunday, 5th June, at 7pm on BBC 1 Countryfile.

In an exciting taster of one of the hidden gems of highland Scotland, BBC Countryfile delves into the life and work of gamekeeper and wildlife expert, Andy Malcolm.  Andy works with his 8 colleagues as a gamekeeper and is the Guide for “Glenesk Wildlife” www.gleneskwildlife.co.uk  on Invermark Estate in Angus.

Glenesk Wildlife is a new enterprise for Invermark offering both visitors and locals access to this very special place and the opportunity to get close to Nature. With Andy’s knowledge and eagle eye guests are able to ‘get up close and personal’ with such wildlife as the majestic red deer, mountain hare, red grouse, black grouse and have a good chance of seeing golden and white tailed eagles, ospreys and many other iconic bird species. During an environmental audit in 2015, 81 bird species were recorded including 10 species of birds of prey and 8 of nesting waders.

“This is a new venture for the Estate the intention being to share our rich

highland wildlife with visitors to the Angus area.  We have been delighted

with comments on Andy’s excellent and informative conducted tours.  He is a

great communicator and those who have been with him invariably find the

gamekeeper’s angle on nature fascinating and I am sure that this will come

across on Countryfile.” Richard Cooke, Dalhousie Estates

There is no glamour; this is the real thing. Guests accompany Andy in his Land Rover or on foot into the mountains and moorlands of the Cairngorms National Park.  Every tour is bespoke and subject to weather and the time of year, visitors can choose what they want to see, wildlife or local history, and how far they wish to walk from the tracks.  For full day trips a picnic is provided from local restaurant the Glenesk Retreat and Folk Museum www.gleneskretreat.co.uk .

In addition to experiencing wildlife in an expansive and varied landscape, visitors can expect to gain an insight into how the land is utilised and to go away with a good understanding of the management skills and conservation work associated with a sporting estate.

Invermark Estate extends to 50,000 acres of moorland, peatland and mountain, lochs and burns – a wild and unforgiving environment in winter but majestic, beautiful and rich in wildlife when seen at its summer best.  And there is no better way to see this wild but working landscape than to spend time with Andy Malcolm who, after nearly 30 years, knows every nook and cranny and brings it all to life with his interpretation of the natural world.

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